10 November 2011

I tweeted a link to this blog post from Velvet Escape. In it, blogger Keith Jenkins asked his facebook fans for a 50-word piece on their most magical travel experience, and they shared stories of amazing landscapes, connections with people, etc.

When I tweeted the link, I added 'Mine was finding 2 rolls of toilet paper'. Compared to the other stories, it sounds kind of flippant - but actually, I was being serious.

I'd been backpacking in Asia for a couple of months, staying in guesthouses and hostels. Some were nice, some were horrid, and one had a toilet which broke 4 times in 3 days. But they were all budget options.

When I got to Kuala Lumpur I decided to stay in a 5-star hotel - I just fancied staying somewhere plush for a change, I wanted some solitude and figured it was still much cheaper than back home, so why not? The other reason I wanted to pamper myself is because I'd had an accident the day before and hurt my leg quite badly, so I was feeling a bit sorry for myself.

This was where I found the 2 rolls of toilet paper, in my hotel bathroom. I'd been used to carrying my own, or paying extra for it (yes really) so this small thing symbolised the bit of luxury I'd been after.

Why am I telling you this? Not because I'm obsessed with toilets, but to show you that you don't have to follow the crowd when it comes to travel, career breaks, magical moments or anything else. If it makes you do a little jump for joy - whether it's a spiritual experience, an amazing person, a breathtaking landscape or simply toilet paper - that's your magical moment and it's exclusive to you.


This post was written by Rachel Morgan-Trimmer, founder of The Career Break Site. There are no pictures because you already know what toilet paper looks like. I hope.